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Sahodaran received many awards for its outstanding work among MSM/LGBT people. Sahodaran serves the community sincerely for more than 18 years now.

Vision:



Our mission is to create a world that is safe for all people, regardless of orientation, a world without fear of violence or stigma. We envision a world where sexual minorities can access safe sexual health services, legal support and social entitlements, and where atrocities against sexual minorities are eliminated.

Mission:



To address the sexual health issues surrounding the sexual practices and sexuality amongst Tamil Naduís LGBTQ population

To create awareness regarding STI/HIV/AIDS among the LGBTQ population

To educate the community to be conscious of and be respectful to the LGBTQ community

To foster change at the local, state, and national levels to ensure the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ community

Partners & Advocates:

Our community is filled with gratitude for all the support we have received from several states and national and international agencies throughout the years.

Our funders include:

The Department For International Development (DFID-UK) from 1998 to 2003

USAID/Family Health International (FHI) from 2003 to 2005

USAID/AIDS Prevention and Control (APAC) project of VHS

Chennai AIDS Prevention And Control Society (CAPACS) from 2006 to 2008

Royal Netherlands Embassy funds for street theatre in 2006

GFATM/SIAAP- Pehchan project from 2011 to 2016

Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) from 2008 to present day

Who We Are: For the past 20 years, Sahodaran has been a leader in the LGBTQ community in Southern India. We currently run two drop-in centers, four sister organizations. We also employ 9 full-time staff, 36 part-time staff, and 96 volunteers that includes physicians, advocates, academicians, and researchers.
What we do: We provide a hub of community support and awareness for the LGBTQ community. Through targeted interventions Sahodaran has been integral in the fight against HIV and Aids prevention and awareness throughout Chennai and southern India.
Why we do it: According to research LGBTQ populations are safer when they seek peer support. Targeted Interventions are a statistically proven methodology for reducing the spread of HIV. Through all this, education and community support are integral to the health, safety and well being of the LGBTQ community in Chennai.